With Easter a week away, Adelanto residents who wondered whether they’d be able to provide Easter dinner will wonder no longer. In five hours—two hours longer than scheduled—more than 324 families were served at the Glasper Center on Saturday, March 18 for the first annual Mayor’s Giveaway.
“The response was outstanding, everything went really smooth and I couldn’t be more proud of the 120 volunteers who made this event possible,” said Mayor Rich Kerr, whose vision created what he expects will become an annual tradition that future Mayors will support.
“Starting with parking, to having residents progress through the different stations, the event was executed like an efficient military operation from start to finish—it was very gratifying to see how orderly it was and everything come together without any hiccups,” said Kerr.
Volunteers, some from as far away as Santa Ana and included representatives from Curbside Ministry, Praise Chapel, Kicks Kafe Senior Club and Adelanto Growers’ Association. In addition to working the event on Saturday, these volunteers have been working for weeks to plan the giveaway. Many of the volunteers ushered families and assisted with carrying bags of groceries. Resident
Daniel Penafiel said he was “glad to able to take the time out of his day to give back, it’s only a few of hours but it can make a difference to a lot of people.”
In addition to the food giveaway, residents were able to select from several clothing bins courtesy of the nonprofit group “Swapping Mamas,” as well as receive information from a variety of booths including voter registration, taxes and health information.
“This was great, it’s too bad that it can only happen once per year,” said resident Katrina, who collected food to help her family of four.
Using cash donations totaling $2,300 representatives from four non-profits located in Adelanto used their contacts in San Bernardino County, making numerous trips to a food bank to purchase name brand food “dirt cheap” that was used in the giveaway.
“We were able to collect almost 11,000 pounds of food—3,243 bottles of water—enough to provide each family four bags of groceries,” said Kerr. There were leftover food items that were given to nonprofits in Adelanto that also assists families in need.
Mayor Pro Tem Jermaine Wright and Councilors Charley Glasper and John “Bug” Woodard were also at the event.
For more information about the food and clothing sharing event, contact Sergio Quesada of Q Marketing at 760-843-3300, or by email at: email@example.com